Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for children. Part of the problem could be that, according to a new study, about one in four parents say they don't always buckle up their kids. Also, it's estimated that 73 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly.
As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Blair County held a child seat inspection in Altoona. Local safety seat inspectors say common problems are strapping children in too loosely or positioning them incorrectly.
State Police Trooper Jeff Petucci helped conduct the safety seat check. He says, "I've seen crashes that involve child safety seats that when installed correctly, the child comes through the crash a lot of times uninjured. Then, we have a few cases, unfortunately the straps weren't on the child correctly and the child was injured."
If you have questions or concerns, about safely installing a child safety seat, Safe Kids regularly holds car seat inspection events in the region.
The next one is scheduled for October 1 in Johnstown.